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April 8, 2014

Special Offer in May for Healthcare Providers

scrubs-doctorsIn an effort to thank those who selflessly take care of others 24-7, Rabbit Hill Inn, along with the Distinctive Inns of New England, has declared May as Health Care Professionals Recognition Month.  We have “doctored” our rates to give hospital health care providers the shot in the arm to schedule a much-needed R&R in May.

If you are a health care provider who works in a hospital setting, this special May getaway offer is just for YOU!

Book your 2-night escape in May, use promo code SCRUBS and save $135-$171.

 

This special 2-night package includes:

  • Two nights in a Superior or Luxury Category Room (for 2 people)
  • Three Course Dinner for Two on One night of your stay
  • Afternoon Sweets & Tea daily
  • Full breakfast each morning.
  • All gratuities for staff
  • Package valid in May (excluding Memorial Day Weekend)
Two nights in a Superior room $525.00 (save $135.00); two nights in a Luxury room $639.00 (save $171.00).
State tax and additional pub charges not included. Please use promo code: SCRUBS.
Upon arrival, simply present your hospital employee badge.  Third party gift certificates cannot be applied.

March 12, 2014

Vote + Enter for a Chance to Win a $10,000 Dream Vacation!

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Rabbit Hill Inn made the short list!

We are honored to be included among the nominees in the  2014 Travel + Leisure  World’s Best Awards Survey.

The rest is up to you. Vote for your favorite travel experiences now by visiting tlworldsbest.com and enter for a chance to win a $10,000 dream trip, courtesy of Travel + Leisure. Your vote will contribute to the results, which will be revealed in the August 2014 issue of the acclaimed travel publication.

Voting ends March 31, 2014. Dream Trip Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at time of entry. See Official Rules for details and how to enter the Giveaway without completing the survey.

Please consider taking a few minutes to cast your vote for us as one of the World’s Best Places To Stay.  Click here to vote.

February 8, 2014

America’s Best Romantic Winter Getaway Destinations

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Travel+Leisure Magazine has revealed its top winter travel destinations; and our beautiful, scenic Vermont  village and Rabbit Hill Inn made the list of 15 best romantic winter destinations in America!  Here’s  what they had to say -

“Winter scenes of Lower Waterford Vermont are truly picture-perfect, having graced Christmas cards and won Kodak Image of the Year back in 1959. Not much has changed since. Show up in town, and you’ll find a white-steepled church, snow-patched wooded trails, and a holiday-clad Main Street. Snowshoe along the Connecticut River, explore pine-laden White Mountain National Forest, or ski the 100-mile scenic Kingdom Trails. It won’t be long before local craft brewers, cheese makers, and maple syrup sugar houses beckon you indoors.”

Where to Stay: Rabbit Hill Inn, a 200-year-old restored residence and tavern in the shadow of the White Mountains. It has the classic romantic trappings: canopy beds, fireplaces, private porches, and candlelit breakfasts.

February 4, 2014

Visit a Real Ice Castle at Loon Mountain New Hampshire

The Ice Castle at Loon Mountain is NOW OPEN in Lincoln New Hampshire! And it’s just 30 minutes away from Rabbit Hill Inn.  Imagine the thrill of walking through the center of massive glacier-like solid pillars of ice, combined with ice tunnels, caves, and archways.  All of it built out of solid ice.  At night, LED lighting makes the Ice Castle even more magical.

This is the first Ice Castle built on the East Coast. Built by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen using a latticework of icicles and a vast sprinkler system, Christensen has created a massive ice fortress for visitors to explore, with walls reaching 25 feet high. At night, multi-colored lights transform the castle into a frozen, glowing Narnia.  But you need to hurry, this Ice Castle will close on March 1st.

Loon Mountain Ice Castle Information

Hours of Operation & Ticket Prices:

Monday – Friday, non holiday  2p-10p

Saturday, Sunday & holidays*  Noon-10p

*Holidays: Feb. 15-23

ICE CASTLE PRICES:
Monday, Family Day (non holiday):
General Admission:  $8
Children age 4 to 11:  $5
Children 3 and under:  Free

Tuesday – Thursday (non-holiday):

General Admission:  $9
Children age 4 to 11:  $6
Children 3 and under:  Free

Friday – Sunday & Holidays:
General Admission:  $10
Children age 4 to 11:  $7
Children 3 and under:  Free

 

February 2, 2014

Rabbit Hill Inn Featured on the Today Show

today-logoRabbit Hill Inn was featured on the NBC Today Show on January 27, 2014.  A few weeks prior, Stephanie Orma, from Travel and Leisure magazine, wrote an article showcasing  America’s Most Romantic Winter Destinations. Rabbit Hill Inn and Lower Waterford, Vermont made the top 15 list along with some outstanding properties. From the impact of her article, the Today Show chose to do a story featuring inns for an affordable Valentine’s Day and romantic getaways. Travel and Leisure’s international editor, Mark Orwoll, picked Rabbit Hill Inn as one of the top five romantic getaway destinations in the country.

We are thrilled to be highlighted on a national television show. Rabbit Hill inn specializes in romantic getaways and retreats for couples.  We are thrilled and truly grateful to Travel + Leisure and the Today Show for telling the world about the romantic Rabbit Hill Inn experience in the “most idyllic New England village you can imagine”, Lower Waterford in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

 

 

January 8, 2014

Top Ten Best Winter Activities in Vermont and New Hampshire

1400321_256287394522857_1751674972_oPlan your next winter vacation to Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont. You’ll find great winter activities here. Use this “Top Ten” list as your guide and you’ll enjoy a fantastic New England winter getaway. 

10. Winter Truck Safari ~ The fine folks at Alpine Adventures will take you for a crazy ride up Barron Mountain.  

9. Winter Hiking through the Basin in Franconia Notch State Park. Waterfalls are amazing in winter!

8. Cross Country Skiing ~ ski here at the Inn, along the Connecticut River or head on over to the Kingdom Trails. No equipment? No problem. Kingdom Trails  and the East Burke Sport Shop have all you’ll need.

7. Snowshoeing ~ do it here, there, or anywhere. Kingdom Trails  and Bretton Woods are terrific choices! This is even fun to do by moonlight!

6. Downhill Skiing ~ 3 mountains to enjoy (Burke, Cannon, Bretton Woods)
5. Horsedrawn Sleigh Ride ~ Private romantic ride through the Vermont countryside. Moonlight rides are amazing! No one should miss this one.

4. Snowmobiling ~ huge fun! The guides at NEK Adventures will take you through the breathtaking trails and back roads.  

3. Snuggle by the fire with a good book, hot cocoa and a loved one.

2. In-room massage by the fire. (Oh yeah…)

1. Enjoying the snowfall…knowing that you don’t have to shovel!

 

 

December 22, 2013

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December 14, 2013

See Rabbit Hill Inn on The Hallmark Channel’s The Better Show!

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Awesome day for Rabbit Hill Inn!  We’ve been mentioned on national TV – The Hallmark Channel’s The Better Show!  Rick Browne was on the set sharing some great recipes from his outstanding newly released book – A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants.  Rabbit Hill Inn is honored to be featured in this wonderful book.  And A million heartfelt thank yous to Rick Browne for including us in his TV appearance.  Our favorite quote was “Rabbit Hill Inn is the nicest, most romantic bed and breakfast in America”.  You made us blush Mr Brown. 

Watch these two segments of The Better Show which aired on Friday Dec 13th, 2013  on The Hallmark Channel.

Segment #1: Rabbit Hill Inn on the Hallmark Channel’s The Better Show!

Segment #2: Rabbit Hill Inn’s famous Oatmeal Molasses Bread is a big hit on The Better Show!

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By the way,this wonderful book is a terrific Christmas gift idea.

Check it out here

 

 

December 1, 2013

Top Ten Best Places for Holiday Shopping

fireplace guest room-romantic bed breakfast-rabbit hill innMaybe it’s time to re-think your typical holiday routine. Stop going crazy at the crowded malls and outlet stores, looking at the same old boring stuff.   Consider dashing away for a few relaxing nights to Rabbit Hill Inn and return home with a sleigh full of unique affordable holiday gifts.  We can help you pull this off!  Our Top Ten Best Places to Christmas Shop will guide you some of the most fun and unusual stores.  Imagine going away for romantic escape and return home ready for the holidays.  Oh, and our discounted midweek winter rates are too good to pass up.

 

1. Farm-Way in Bradford VT (Just 30 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn): Farm-Way is a legendary shopping experience.  You can do ALL your holiday shopping right here — snowshoes, kayaks, saddles, hunting and camping equipment, gardening supplies, pet stuff, gifts, jewelry, and a Vera Bradley showroom.  You’ll love the enormous shoe department, Farm-Way’s Boot Hill, with over 20,000 pairs of boots and shoes (Dansko, Uggs, Frye).  And there is clothing for everyone (North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Carhartt, Filson, Columbia, Horny Toad, Levis, Browning Pendleton, Prana). Unique giftware, kitchenware, glassware,  stained glass, decorative home décor,  lighting, furniture… is all in this one incredible store.  It’s unbelievable!!  Open 8:30-5:30, Friday nights till 8PM, closed Sundays.

2. The Artful Eye and the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury VT (Just 15 minutes away): Two fun and funky stores offering locally made quality art, crafts, jewelry, home décor, funky antiques, and other quirky items.  Looking for a neat one-of-a-kind gift? You’ll find it here. Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sat 10:00 – 5:00pm. Sun 12 – 4:00 pm. Artful Eye closed Wednesdays.

3.  Fiddleheads in Littleton NH (Just 15 minutes away):  Fiddleheads is a whimsical shop filled with unique high quality crafted items including  pottery, glasswork, textiles, leather, wood crafts, photography, original art, fashion accessories, jewelry and home décor. Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Sundays. ** Bonus – no sales tax in NH)

4. Our Local Craft Breweries can take care of all the craft beer lovers on your list.  Visit several while you are here - Hill Farmstead Brewery, Rock Art Brewery, Lost Nation Brewing, Trapp Lager Brewery, Trout River Brewery. And maybe pick up some coveted Heady Topper Beer  for the holidays.  Vermont Craft beers are a great Christmas gift idea! And you can take some home for your holiday celebrations too.

5. New Hampshire State Liquor and Wine Outlets (closest is 15 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn). In case you haven’t heard, people travel from several other states to purchase their liquor and wine at these outlet stores. You’ll be blown away by the great selections and awesome prices!

6. Simon The Tanner in Lancaster VT or Island Pond VT.  Two great stores packed with high quality name brand products at surprisingly affordable prices. Clothing, footwear, outdoor gear, and neat local products.  Closed Saturdays.

7. Garnet Hill Firsts & Seconds Outlet Store in Franconia NH (Just 20 minutes away).  Are you a fan of the popular Garnet Hill catalog?  This is an excellent resource for women and children’s apparel, bedding, and home decor. The Garnet Hill Outlet offers overstocks and discontinued items at a savings of up to 75% of the original catalog prices.  Heads up – Open weekends only – Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

8. Goodrich Maple Farm and the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center. Give the gift of liquid gold (VT maple syrup) and tons of other heavenly maple products. These two shopping hot spots offer the best of the best that VT has to offer, including awesome spirits such as Dunc’s Mills Maple Rum, Eden Ice Cider, Artesano Meads, Vermont Spirits Maple Vodkas, and the list goes on and on.

9. Got any bakers and cooks to shop for?  First, we’re sending you to King Arthur Flour (we call it the Mother Ship) in Norwich VT.  EVERYTHING is there for the baker on your list.  Also consider Duck Soup in Littleton NH…  a well-stocked kitchen and gift boutique that will fulfill all your culinary gift needs. And they have a lovely Christmas decor department too.

10. Last stop – Rocks Estate Christmas Tree Farm or Finnegans Fine Firs Tree Farm in Bethlehem NH.  Choose a perfect freshly cut tree.  They’ll gladly wrap it and secure it on your car for the ride home.  Grab a lovely wreath while your there.

Still have a few on your list that deserve an extra special gift?  A Rabbit Hill Inn gift certificate might be the perfect match (available in any denomination).  Who wouldn’t love to get away to Rabbit Hill Inn?

Mission accomplished!  You got away during the most hectic time of year.  And your sleigh is full of awesome gifts. You are DONE!!!

If you wish, we can help you treat yourself to a few extra-special touches – candlelit dinners, romantic private horse-drawn sleigh ride,  in-room massage, and much more.  Check availability here or call anytime (802) 748-5168.

November 25, 2013

Younger Travelers Prefer “The Rabbit Hill Inn Experience”

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Sorry hotels… clearly, the inn or bed and breakfast experience is exactly what the next generation of travelers are craving.  According to a recent study by global hotel consultancy HVS London (and many studies prior),  the new breed of guests wants exactly what Rabbit Hill Inn is all about.  We hate to gloat, but their travel desires describe the Rabbit Hill Inn experience to a tee.

Here’s the nutshell of what the study revealed…

‘A New Breed of Traveler’, says the impact of rising affluence, globalization and technology has led to modern hotel guests valuing experiences and the feeling of ‘being connected’ over traditional hotel luxuries.

 

  • “… many hotels still consist of the same in-room amenities, the same heavy curtains, the same check-in process, and the same small desk. This is no longer a place where the modern-day traveler feels at home,” states report co-author HVS associate Veronica Waldthausen
  • “This new segment of traveler is no longer looking for white-linen service, bellboys to carry their luggage or a concierge. When the current generation of young travelers enter a hotel, they want to feel completely at home, connected and to be in a setting where they can be part of an experience,” she adds.
  • They seek social experiences, enjoy spending time in a comfortable  home-like common spaces, interacting with others. They desire a sense of community of like-minded travelers.  The new breed is not attracted to rooms equipped with gadgets and technology (they have their own).
  • Hotels are scurrying to retrofit their space – converting lobbies into living rooms and redesigning their rooms to feel more homey. Some have eliminated staff uniforms and scripted check-in conversation. But let’s be honest, it will always be a hotel by structure, nature, and function.  Inns and bed and breakfasts fulfill all the desires without breaking a sweat.
  • According to this study, “Guests are looking for a home-away-from-home. The new era is about participating in an experience, rather than flaunting wealth. Travelers today don’t want to feel like they are in a corporate setting, but thrive in environments where they can interact with people.  They want everyone to participate and don’t mind interacting with new people,” says co-author Arlett Oehmichen, HVS London director. “ a place where guests can become part of an experience by interacting with the people that live there as well as staff.
This clearly explains why so many younger couples are finding their way to Rabbit Hill Inn,  and coming back so often.  We agree with them… Rabbit Hill Inn is pretty darn cool.